Shepherds Of Cassini are a space metal quartet from Auckland, New Zealand.
Vitesh Bava, bassist of Pilgrim’s Pyre, first met Omar Al-Hashimi in Auckland via the University of Auckland Rock Club when Omar joined Pilgrim’s Pyre to play drums in 2008. While the band were actively gigging, Vitesh met guitarist Brendan Zwaan from the band Flood, also through the Rock Club, after attending a Flood show in Auckland.
As Pilgrim’s Pyre began winding up in 2011, Vitesh and Omar were keen to start a new musical project. Around this time, Vitesh met violinist Felix Lun from An Emerald City through mutual friends. While Felix was finishing off the last set of shows with An Emerald City at the start of 2012, Vitesh got back in contact with Brendan and the first jam was quickly lined up in February 2012 at Brendan’s old flat in Newton, Auckland.
Jams soon moved to Brendan’s new flat in Freeman’s Bay, which eventually evolved into Pins & Needles Audio, the regular jamming base for the band. The name Shepherds Of Cassini was soon chosen, and the band landed their first gig in July during the same year at Lucha Lounge in Newmarket.
Since then, Shepherds Of Cassini have continued to play numerous gigs in, around and beyond Auckland. The band released their début album in August 2013, and are currently working on new material.